Christmas

December's Question

Remember, every Christmas Carol is a Christmas Song, but not every Christmas Song is a Christmas Carol. Christmas Carols are written from a Christian biblical tradition and are about the birth of Jesus, such as Silent Night and The First Noel.

STAFF PICKS

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BUILDING MORE BRIDGES

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Advent Wreath Crafts For Kids

Advent is a great time to celebrate with kids! Sometimes it’s hard to find good Advent crafts because the world just seems to move straight from Halloween to Christmas, but having an Advent wreath in our home is one of our favorite family traditions for living the liturgical year!

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From catholicicing.com

The Advent Song for Kids

This song was written and submitted by a reader, Alexandra Montano, and it is so cute! I love singing little songs with Catholic kids, and kids remember things so well when they are in songs.

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Good Deeds Chain Advent Activity

Remind the children that this is not a competition between members of your group. Everyone should be trying to do the best job possible.

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From loyolapress.com

10 Meaningful Advent Traditions for Catholic Families

The holiday season can be overwhelming, but there are so many wonderful Catholic Advent traditions from all over the world that can be easily implemented into your celebrations!

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From catholicicing.com

Advent Saints-December Feasts Days To Celebrate With Kids

There are plenty of feast days to celebrate with Catholic kids during Advent to really enhance your time with your family and turn it towards the true meaning of the season.

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Advent Wreath Coloring Page

Download this Advent Wreath coloring page and enjoy coloring it in.

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Away in a Manger Christmas Cookies

We made these super easy Baby Jesus cookies for Lydia’s Christmas pageant yesterday, and I wanted to share them with you. They’re super easy to make, don’t involve any cooking at all, and even kids can make them.

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From www.catholicicing.com

Advent Calendar Game

This advent calendar is designed to be like a board game. You move your game piece along one step each day and take a card from your deck of cards to see what surprise or event will happen that day.

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From www.alphamom.com

Christmas True or False Game

Try the Christmas True or False game. If you are unsure of your answers, look them up in the Bible.

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Nativity Dominoes / Loop Game

Print and cut the domino cards. Then arrange domino cards in order by matching images and descriptions.

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Nativity Story Hidden Picture Game

Find the hidden nativity images.

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Nativity Word Search Game

Find the following 20 hidden words from the nativity story in the grid. They can run in any direction (horizontal, vertical, diagonal, forwards, backwards).

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Nativity Story - Don't Say It Game

Teams take turns. One player picks up a card and tries to explain the word at the top. They are not allowed to use the 3 words printed below in thei explanation. The rest of their team guesses the answer. To make the game more difficult a time limit can be given for each card.

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Be Grateful this Advent Season

Remember God's goodness in all the small ways!

Advent Escape Room

Follow the clues found in your Bridge Bag. After answering each question correctly, you will receive a letter. Once you have all of the letters, you can unscramble them to find the password needed to escape!

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After completing the Escape Room or if you get stuck, Watch this Youtube video of Matt explaining all of the clues.

Advent Calendar

Download the Advent Calendar featuring 25 Bible verses to countdown to Christmas.

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From www.happyhomefairy.com

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What is Jesse Tree?

Jesse Tree is a way of preparing for Advent by journeying through the stories on Jesus’s family tree. Each day of Advent, read a Bible story about someone on Jesus’s family tree and hang an ornament symbolizing the story on your Jesse Tree. As you decorate your tree, you’ll see how God prepared for Jesus to be born through many generations.

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Introduction to Advent

Brother Francis introduces this year's Advent season. We'll be posting a new clip each Sunday. To view all of the daily Advent meditations, visit www.formed.org

Virtual Posadas

Do your kids take Spanish in School? Are you of Spanish speaking heritage?

Jackie, from the Faith Formation Team, is a middle school Spanish teacher. Las Posadas is one of her favorite Christmas traditions from Mexico (and some other countries,too!)

It is a community recreation of the Journey of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay. Posada means “inn”. We know there was no room in the “inn”. Las Posadas is a celebration every night for 9 nights ( 9 representing the 9 months of Mary’s pregnancy). Every night includes songs and prayers and ends with a party!

From December 16-24, the Ignatian Solidarity Network is leading a daily virtual experience of music, art, prayer, reflection, and action as we journey with the holy family and migrants around the world in search of shelter and protection.

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Busted Halo Advent Calendar

If you do nothing else to enter into the Advent Season this year, do the Busted Halo Advent Calendar.  Each day there is a quote and a challenge. It is doable by even the busiest of people! Do this for yourself this Advent.

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Have an extra 90 seconds to learn a little about Advent?

Have a little more time to dive into the Season.  Watch any of these videos to just give yourself a little dose of  faith formation on this beautiful season.

Advent: More Than a Chocolate Calendar

Advent: Dreaming Big

How is advent celebrated?

What is Advent?

The New Year in the Church begins with the season of Advent — a time to help us prepare for Christmas, when we celebrate the fulfillment of our longing for the Savior with the birth of Jesus. So, what is Advent? It’s the season that lasts about four weeks, beginning four Sundays before Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve.

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